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Swift action needed over Rosyth subs

November 23, 2011 11:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Willie Rennie MSP has urged the Ministry of Defence to make a swift decision on the future of seven redundant nuclear submarines at Rosyth Dockyard.

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSPA consultation has been set up to decide the best course of action for retired Nuclear Submarines across the country and the subs in Fife are being considered as part of that process.

Mr Rennie has been a long time campaigner on the subs at Rosyth and raised the issue during his time at Westminster when he was MP for Dunfermline.

Commenting Mr Rennie said:

"We've been waiting for far too long for a solution to these old nuclear submarines. For up to twenty five years, the subs have been stored in the basin during which time the MoD have hummed and hawed and failed to make a decision.

"The most logical place for the subs to be dismantled is Plymouth's Devonport Dockyard which already has eleven submarines and the refuelling and refitting facility for the trident submarine fleet.

"But Plymouth is fast running out of space and more submarines will be decommissioned soon so the MOD now needs to act swiftly. My fear is that the seven Rosyth subs are left here for another decade with no action, blighting the economic potential of the yard for renewables.

"We need no more prevaricating from the MoD."